Glen Hansard kicked off his North American “Didn’t He Ramble” tour November 9 at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, and when he took the stage, the roaring applause of a sold-out crowd was there to greet him. Continue readingâ€¦Â
Who doesnâ€™t love The Swell Season? Ever since charming moviegoers with the romantic sleeper hit Once, Irish/Czech odd couple Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova have been trotting around the globe, bringing their heart-wrenching ballads to sold-out, adoring crowds. Their live performances have become renowned not just for the terrific music, but for Hansardâ€™s endlessly engaging stream of anecdotes. And who could forget their much-deserved Oscar win for Best Original Song, which dutifully trampled the three obnoxious nominees from Disneyâ€™s Enchanted, and introduced the world to Hansardâ€™s aw-shucks modesty and Irglovaâ€™s soft-spoken adorability?
Those who have played out their copies of the Once soundtrack now have cause to rejoice. The Swell Seasonâ€”led by Hansard and Irglova and featuring members of Hansardâ€™s other band The Framesâ€”will be releasing Strict Joy on ANTI- Records on September 29th. Borrowing its name from a poem by James Stephens, the album features twelve new songs influenced by the bandâ€™s sudden and tumultuous success, as well as the birth and death of Hansard and Irglovaâ€™s offscreen romance.
The Swell Season will be touring in support of the new album, the dates for which will be announced soon. Also coming soon is a documentary that captures the bandâ€™s whirlwind post-Once tour, and which, if weâ€™re lucky, will contain a performance of the hilarious childrenâ€™s song â€œBanana Manâ€. Weâ€™ve got the track list for Strict Joy after the jump, as well as a video of Hansard and Irglova performing the inexorably awesome â€œFalling Slowlyâ€. Continue reading